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BRiefs: Dakshina

BRiefs: Dakshina

first_imgVikram S. Pandit, who took a token salary of $1 during the last two years, making him Wall Street’s lowest paid chief executive, has been rewarded with a $23 million retention package, catapulting him to the highest paid bank executives in the country.Pandit received $16.5 million in stock and options and a $6.65 million cash payment from the company’s profit-sharing program for top executives.Richard S. Parsons, Citigroup’s chairman, said in a statement: “Vikram has done an outstanding job since coming on board as the financial crisis began. This award is designed to retain Vikram as our C.E.O. and reward him for future performance benefiting the company and our shareholders.”H1B Anyone?The once-coveted H-1B visa program that attracted hundreds of thousands of technology professionals to the United States in the past decade has lost its glitter.The number of petitions field in April, when the process is opened up for the next fiscal year, has fallen to a sixth of the peak in 2009.According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the program received just 8,000 H-1B petitions in April, down from 16,500 petitions in April 2010 and 45,000 in April 2009.The weak economy and increase in H1-B fees to $2,000 from $325 is behind the weak appeal of the visas. The Sound of Music at MITAmar Bose, the 81-year-old founder of Bose Corp., which makes high-end sound systems and headphones, has donated the majority of the company’s stock to MIT, from which he received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and later taught on its faculty.MIT is receiving non-voting shares, which it cannot sell, and the school will not participate in the management or governance of the company, which employs 9,000 people in Framingham, Mass. Forbes estimates Bose’s net worth at $1 billion. Falling Out Of FavorEmerging economies are losing their luster for global fund investors and India is among their least preferred investment destination.A survey of 188 fund managers in February by Merrill Lynch found that India was the least favored market in the Asia Pacific region, as a result of inflation, rising crude prices and corruption scandals.Overall, fund managers are overweight on emerging markets at a plus 29%, but are underweight on India at minus 47%, which ranks just above Chile. Related Itemslast_img read more

Govt mum as Delhi schools flout nursery rule

Govt mum as Delhi schools flout nursery rule

first_imgIt appears even a law cannot stop private schools in the Capital from discriminating in nursery admissions. Though the Right to Education (RTE) Act bans schools from profiling parents to give admission to children, several schools have made parents’ profession an admission criterion.The Delhi government had earlier warned schools against doing this. But the education department is yet to initiate any action against the schools which have announced points for parents’ professions. The admission criteria of four branches of Delhi Public School – RK Puram, Mathura Road, Vasant Kunj and Rohini – and Bal Bhawan School in Mayur Vihar favours kids whose parents belong to specific professions.While the Mathura Road and RK Puram branches of DPS have done it indirectly by awarding points to parents who have participated in Asiad, Commonwealth Games or Olympics, others have set aside as many as 10 points for certain professions.Click here to EnlargeThis is a blatant violation of the provisions of the RTE Act and the admission guidelines issued by the state government on November 15 last year. Making parents’ profession or education an admission criterion is perceived as discriminatory since the children of businessmen, housewives, parents in other professions and those who are lesser qualified find it tough to get admission.Under the RTE Act, every child has the right to get education irrespective of whether his/ her parents are educated or not and what they do for a living. Principals of none of these schools, except DPS RK Puram, could be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.advertisementAnd the line of defence adopted by D. R. Saini, principal of DPS, RK Puram, was unsatisfactory. “The question of discriminating on the basis of parents’ professional background does not arise as sport is not a profession,” he said.Education department officials said the schools resorting to parents’ profiling were on their radar. ” We are watching them and will soon take action. The department’s stand against profiling is very clear. Awarding point to parents who are, say, national awardees, clearly amounts to discrimination. Children whose parents are not achievers will clearly suffer because of this,” an official said.The government’s wait- andwatch approach, however, could mean that the schools could be let off easily this year also.The admission of children on the basis of parents’ educational and/ or professional background had raised a storm last year, too. But the government woke up only after most schools had wrapped up their admission process.The schools got away with the discrimination since it was too late to scrap their admissions. Delhi’s education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had warned schools against making parents’ profile an admission criterion, was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.Parents of tiny tots are upset with the schools as well as the government. “The government has failed to make an example of the erring schools in the past. So they have no fear,” said a parent. Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com , said: “The government was supposed to vet the admission criteria of all the schools. The fact that these schools have openly declared their discriminatory criteria means the education department officials have failed to do their job.”NO FEAR OF ACTIONWhat is the rule on profiling of parents? The RTE Act and the admission guidelines of the Delhi government prohibit private schools from profiling children on the basis of their parents profession/ educationWhy is it so?Every child has the right to get education irrespective of whether his/ her parents are educated or uneducated and what they do for a livingWhat action can an erring school invite?Delhi’s education minister had warned schools that admissions would be scrapped if they flouted itWhy have schools ignored this rule?The government develops a cold feet in taking action. Also, the admission process is already over by the time the government wakes uplast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

first_imgVirat Kohli was sent back for a five-ball duck by Nuwan Pradeep as Sri Lanka sought to fight back against India in a crucial Group B match at the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday.Expectedly, there was stunned silence across the ground where thousands of Indian supporters had flooded in to cheer the Men in Blue. It’s not very often, after all, that Kohli flops in one-day cricket (or in any format for that matter).India had got off to a rousing start, thanks to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who added 138 for the opening wicket. Kohli walked in after Rohit had fallen to Mumbai Indians teammate Lasith Malinga for 78. (Also read: Virat Kohli sole Indian in Forbes list of highest paid athletes)Loud cheers from the Indian contingent greeted Kohli, who is undoubedly the most entertaining batsman in the world. Moreover, his unbeaten 81 in the previous match against Pakistan had raised expectations further. Halfway through the innings, the stage was set for another Kohli special.But the India skipper lasted only five balls at the crease and edged a Pradeep delivery to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Kohli was done in by the seaam movement and extra pace and one could argue that the shot was too risky given a slip was waiting for perhaps just that shot.Incidentally, Kohli’s last duck in ODIs had also come in England against the hosts in Cardiff on August 27, 2014. That duck had underlined a horrid tour for Kohli, who has since blossomed as the best batsman in world cricket.advertisementBetween these two ducks, Kohli has amassed runs all over the world and smashed eight hundreds and nine half-centuries, some of which are already part of cricketing folklore.Kohli was in peak form during India’s packed Test season and had become the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series. He struggled a bit against Australia in the four-Test series and had an indifferent IPL.last_img read more

Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, iPhone XS: Best phones to buy in October

Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, iPhone XS: Best phones to buy in October

first_imgWith just a couple of months to go before 2018 comes to a close, we are mostly done with the biggest smartphone launches. We only have the Pixel 3 phones to look forward to and maybe a Nokia flagship phone and a few surprises. The year has certainly been a pretty interesting one as far as innovation is concerned. From notched phones to phones with triple cameras, 2018 has been pretty busy. Companies like HMD/Nokia, Realme and Asus have really stood out this year, stirring the affordable and mid-range segments that was getting a bit dry.In this list of best phones to buy in October, we have phones like the Poco F1 and Realme 2 Pro that have disrupted the market by offering some terrific specs at really affordable prices. We also have phones like the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Honor 10 that offer some exquisite designs that will surely grab your attention. Here’s a look at some of the best phones you can buy if you’re in the market.Cheapest phone(s) worth buyingXiaomi Redmi 6A: Rs 5,999Xiaomi has launched a lot of phones this year in India, signifying the company’s increasing confidence in the country. Xiaomi has been a force to reckon with in the affordable segment, especially phones under Rs 10,000. The Redmi 6A is Xiaomi’s entry-level offering that replaces the Redmi 5A. This is the go-to budget phone for first-time smartphone users.The Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. There’s a 32GB variant available as well that will cost Rs 6,999, but if you’re going to spend that much you may as well go for the Redmi 6 instead. The Redmi 6A comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing sensor, houses a 3,000mAh battery and support dual 4G SIM cards.advertisementBest phone(s) under Rs 10,000Realme C1: Rs 6,999Realme recently launched the Realme 2 Pro in India. But while this is a mid-range smartphone, the company surprised everyone by announcing an entry-level Realme C1 as well. The company has been quietly shaking up the market by offering some segment-first features. The Realme C1 is the cheapest phone with a notched display. It is in fact very similar to the Realme 2, but at a cheaper price point.The Realme C1 sports a 6.2-inch notched display, Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. It houses a 4,230mAh battery similar to the Realme 2. The entry-level smartphone comes with a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture, and a 5MP front-facing sensor. It ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s ColorOS 5.1 on topRedmi Note 5: Rs 9,999As we said earlier, Xiaomi holds the fort in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment and there are a few reasons for that. One of them is the Redmi Note 5 which is s an impressive all-rounder that offers good performance and battery as well as an 18:9 FHD+ display.The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. Similarly, it comes in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot. The device sports a 12MP rear camera with dual LED flash and PDAF and a 5MP front-facing sensor.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Realme 2 Pro: Rs 13,990It may not be grabbing headlines like the Poco F1, but there is no denying that the Realme 2 Pro is shaking up the affordable mid-range segment. It brings a number of segment-first features such as the cheapest phone with a waterdrop display and Snapdragon 660 chipset. At Rs 13,990, the phone brings a mix of style and power that is not a common sight to see at this price point. Powering the Realme 2 Pro is an octa-core Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset with Adreno 512 GPU. This is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM for smooth and swift multitasking experience. The company is also touting a great gaming experience thanks to a powerful mid-range chipset. The phone will be offered with up to 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Realme 2 Pro houses a 3,500mAh battery that will deliver a full day of battery life. It also supports dual 4G and dual VoLTE. The phone also offers 16MP sensors for all three cameras on board.advertisementNokia 6.1 Plus: Rs 15,999HMD has had a terrifically busy year, launching close to a dozen smartphones, all of which have made their way to India, including the highly anticipated Nokia 6.1 Plus. Launched last month, the 6.1 Plus has seen a terrific response from consumers thanks to its all-glass design, notched display and powerful hardware. The icing on the cake is that HMD managed to price the device competitively as wellThe Nokia 5.1 Plus brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Powering the device is an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. The Nokia 6.1 Plus bears a dual camera setup which includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with similar aperture. The phone houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port.Motorola One Power: Rs 15,999Motorola hasn’t had the best year, but the company should be given credit for persisting. The Moto G6 series has been a hit and a miss. While we loved the G6, the price of the G6 Plus surprised almost everyone. Arguably the one major issue with Motorola phones has been about software updates, which is why it made perfect sense to partner with Google to bring the Motorola One Power. This is the company’s first Android One phone with stock Android Oreo and the promise of regular security updates. What makes the One Power even more attractive is that it is priced really competitively at Rs 15,999.The One Power sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for expandability. One major highlight is that the One Power houses a 5,000mAh battery that will deliver a good two days of battery life on a single charge. As for the camera, the One Power comes with a 16MP + 5MP setup on the back and a 12-megapixel sensor on the front.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Poco F1: Rs 20,999It’s not often that we see a smartphone completely disrupt the market in a way the Poco F1 has. Priced starting at Rs 20,999, the Poco F1 is the cheapest with a Snapdragon 845 and is tagged as a flagship killer of the kind OnePlus used to be back in the day. Arguably the most surprising phone to come out this year, the Poco F1 is perhaps the best value for money phone right now and is the one to go for in the mid-range segment, if you’re lucky enough to claim it during the flash sale. The Poco F1 brings a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The dual camera setup on the back includes a 12MP + 5MP setup while the front gets a 20MP selfie sensor. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery to take you through a good day and a half.advertisementAsus ZenFone 5Z: Rs 29,999It’s getting harder for OnePlus to keep the “flagship killer” title to itself considering how some of its competition are beating the company at its own game. Take Asus which not only launched the impressive ZenFone Max M1, but also the ZenFone 5Z, which comes with some of the best that 2018 has to offer at a price that betters OnePlus.The ZenFone 5Z brings a tall 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and the base variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The ZenFone 5Z houses a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging support, supports stereo speakers and High-Res audio, among other things. The phone runs Android Oreo-based ZenUI and Asus says it has cut down on a lot of bloatware, keeping things cleaner and simpler. The dual camera setup includes a primary 12-megapixel sensor with large 1.4um pixels, f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, four-axis OIS and EIS. The secondary camera comes with an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor for depth of field shots. Up front, the ZenFone 5Z sports an 8-megapixel sensor and the cameraBest phone(s) under Rs 50,000OnePlus 6: Rs 34,999These are probably the last few weeks to buy the OnePlus 6 since the OnePlus 6T is coming soon. So, why are we suggesting the OnePlus 6 right now? Well, the phone is one of the best affordable flagships this year. The OnePlus 6 comes with premium looks and a terrific performance, which is not likely to differ much from the 6T. That being said, you can wait for the 6T to come out to make an informed decision. The OnePlus 6 brings mostly all the top-end hardware in 2018 including a Snapdragon 845 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone sports a 6.28-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top and a notch cutout. It sports a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup with OIS, EIS and f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP front camera with EIS. It houses a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. It also brings a 12MP + 5MP dual pixel camera setup on the back and a 25MP front-facing camera.Honor 10: Rs 32,999The Honor 10 is yet another stunning smartphone from the Huawei sub-brand. The phone offers a premium all-glass design with a gradient, aurora colours on the back and an edge-to-edge display. The Honor 10 sports a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD notched display on the front. Apart from the looks, the Honor 10 also brags about some serious hardware that includes a AI-based Kirin 970 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.The Honor 10 holds a 3,400mAh battery and Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1. The Honor 10 also brings some impressive cameras that includes a dual rear camera system that comprises of a one 16-megapixel colour or RGB sensor and another 24-megapixel monochrome sensor, and a 24-megapixel camera up front.Best phone(s) that money can buySamsung Galaxy Note 9: Rs 67,990The Galaxy Note 9 is a return to form for Samsung and is perhaps the best flagship from the company to date. It gets everything right and ticks all the boxes for a flagship which includes a stunning AMOLED Infinity Display, best-in-class cameras, excellent performance and even an all-day battery life. The Galaxy Note 9 brings everything great about the Note 8 and the S9+ and adds something more to it. And the new S Pen with Bluetooth support also gives you more reasons to use the stylus now. The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED Infinity display. It is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset with the base variant getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Samsung has also fitted a large 4,000mAh battery, which is a major bump from the Galaxy Note 8 as well as the Galaxy S9+. The device runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s Experience UI on top. You get a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature that has won the Galaxy S9 phones a lot of praise. The front camera is also similar at 8-megapixel and F/1.7 aperture.iPhone XS: Rs 99,900We started off this list with a Rs 5,999 phone and we’re ending it with a Rs 1,00,000 phone, so it’s safe to say we’ve covered both ends of the spectrum. Now, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the most premium smartphones that money can buy right now. They succeed last year’s iPhone X and are Apple’s best iPhones to date. This is for die-hard iPhone lovers who want the best from Apple. If you have the means, then the iPhone XS.ALSO READ: Realme 2, Poco F1, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 among phones with great battery lifeThe iPhone XS and XS Max both bring Super Retina OLED displays. The former has a 5.8-inch screen size with a 2436×1125 pixel resolution and 458 ppi while the Max model gets a 6.5-inch size with a 2688×1242 resolution. Powering the iPhone XS and XS Max is a A12 Bionic chip that’s based on a 7nm processor, which is an industry first. As for the cameras, both the iPhone XS and XS Max sport dual cameras on the back that includes 12MP sensors (one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens) with dual OIS.last_img read more

Will Pogba ban make a difference for Man Utd?

Will Pogba ban make a difference for Man Utd?

first_imgPremier League Man Utd with and without Pogba: Will derby ban make a difference against City? Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Paul Pogba Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester City Stats The Frenchman is to sit out a meeting with Manchester City following a red card against Arsenal, but how do the Red Devils fare when he is missing? With a comfortable lead established and a derby date on the horizon, Paul Pogba’s reckless lunge on Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin was misguided to say the least.The Manchester United midfielder knew what was at stake and had no need to dive into a studs-up challenge which always ran the risk of him being shown a straight red card.That is precisely what did happen at Emirates Stadium and while his dismissal had little impact on a 3-1 victory over the Gunners, Pogba will now be forced to sit out a crunch clash with Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Paul Pogba Manchester UnitedThe France international will once again be restricted to a spectator role at Old Trafford on Sunday, having already missed 12 games this season through injury.Will he be a big miss, though, or can United counter his absence and collect a positive result against the Premier League leaders?With the help of Opta data, here is how Jose Mourinho’s side have fared with and without their £89 million midfielder since his return from Juventus in the summer of 2016.OVERALL RECORD IN ALL COMPETITIONS With All Comps Without 63 Games 25 39 Wins 16 15 Draws 5 9 Losses 4 110 Goals For 49 1.7 Avg Goals For 2 46 Goals Against 15 0.7 Avg Goals Against 0.6 61.9 Win % 64 2.1 Points/Game 2.1 15.5 Shots/Game 12.6 57 Possession % 54.6 16.1 Crosses/Game 11.8 73.4 Pass Acc Final 1/3 71.6 11.5 Fouls Won/Game 10.5 United’s win percentage is actually greater when Pogba is unavailable for selection, while they also average more goals when the 24-year-old is absent and concede slightly fewer.It is, however, clear that his presence in the middle of the park makes the Red Devils much more of a threat going forward.With somebody of his ilk at the heart of the team, Mourinho’s men are more adventurous and prepared to get onto the front foot.They see more of the ball when Pogba is around, with his qualities helping to both win it back and keep it moving, while their passing accuracy in the final third – where it really matters – also improves noticeably when a key creative cog is present.To also fire in considerably more shots per game helps to give United a better chance of emerging victorious with Pogba pulling the strings, while they also put in more crosses and win more free-kicks – giving them more opportunities to load the box and trouble opposition defences.2017-18 RECORD IN ALL COMPETITIONS With All Comps Without 12 Games 12 9 Wins 9 1 Draws 1 2 Losses 2 30 Goals For 24 2.5 Avg Goals For 2 10 Goals Against 5 0.8 Avg Goals Against 0.4 75 Win % 75 2.3 Points/Game 2.3 16 Shots/Game 12.5 55.3 Possession % 55.3 16.7 Crosses/Game 12.8 73.1 Pass Acc Final 1/3 69.6 9.7 Fouls Won/Game 11.6 As previously mentioned, Pogba has seen his involvement in the current campaign severely curtailed by injury.A hamstring problem picked up in a Champions League meeting with Basel on September 12 kept him sidelined for two months, with a return to action made against Newcastle on November 18.Pogba had been in fine form prior to being laid low, with his efforts as United opened the season with three straight victories and as many clean sheets earning him the club’s Player of the Month award for August.There were times when the Red Devils looked a little lost without him, particularly in big games where Mourinho faced accusations of ‘parking the bus’ as his team struggled to find their attacking spark.United have, however, enjoyed the exact same record without Pogba as they have with him (including possession), which suggests that they have found a way of countering his absence and getting the job done.Once again, though, the Red Devils are more of a threat when powered by a French engine, averaging more goals, shots and crosses when their No. 6 is in the side.HOW WILL THEY FARE AGAINST CITY?Manchester United Manchester City 101217Pogba’s impending absence has provoked lively debate, with plenty of people trying to second guess what Mourinho will do.Former United star Gary Neville is among those to have aired an opinion, telling Sky Sports: “I was trying to think myself what Jose will be thinking. Do you play split strikers with Martial and Lukaku? City bring their full-backs in narrow while two centre-backs push up the pitch, [so United could] just leave two strikers stretched wide and you play three central midfielders and five at the back, and say to City that’s what we’ll do, trust that the front two will get into those areas.”That does appear to be the general consensus, that United will look to pack the midfield and contain City’s abundance of attacking riches through the introduction of a more dogged performer such as Ander Herrera.Mourinho has shown down the years that he is a master of grinding out results and the Red Devils will not care how they take something from City on Sunday, just as long as they do.Clearly Pogba’s suspension means that they will be missing a link between midfield and attack, someone to break the lines and cause Pep Guardiola’s troops to retreat, but derby dates are rarely free-flowing spectacles and being forced into a slight tactical rethink may actually be no bad thing. 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a month agoHummels on Man Utd target Sancho: He’d walk into any team in the world

a month agoHummels on Man Utd target Sancho: He’d walk into any team in the world

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hummels on Man Utd target Sancho: He’d walk into any team in the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMats Hummels is full of praise for Borussia Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho.The England winger is being linked with Manchester United.”I could imagine him in just about any team in the world,” Hummels told Bild.”Although he’s not mature yet, Jadon is already an outstanding footballer. His one-on-one, the pace. He loves to prepare goals.”He is an absolute weapon that even has potential for improvement.” last_img read more

Watch: D’Cota Dixon End Zone Deflection Seals Wisconsin Overtime Win Over Nebraska

Watch: D’Cota Dixon End Zone Deflection Seals Wisconsin Overtime Win Over Nebraska

first_imgWisconsin football player celebrates after beating Nebraska.Twitter/@BadgerFootballD’Cota Dixon locked up Wisconsin’s Week 1 win over LSU, and he just did the same on the final play of Wisconsin vs. Nebraska.The Badgers and Huskers went to overtime at Camp Randall tonight, in a pivotal Big Ten West battle. The Badgers struck first on a fantastic touchdown run by Dare Ogunbowale. Near disaster struck, however, when Andrew Endicott missed the ensuing extra point, making the Wisconsin lead six instead of seven.The Badgers defense stepped up on Nebraska’s drive, though. After holding the Huskers to just three yards on their first three plays, safety D’Cota Dixon made a fantastic break on a throw to the end zone by Tommy Armstrong, and broke up the attempt to Stanley Morgan Jr.GAME. OVER. #ONWISCONSIN pic.twitter.com/QsSOWM55SR— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 30, 2016D’Cota Dixon with a huge Pass Break Up! Badgers WIN! 23-17 in OT! pic.twitter.com/7owGWhdwbt— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 30, 2016With the win, Wisconsin moves to 6-2, and 3-2 in Big Ten play. This is Nebraska’s first loss of the season; the Huskers are now 7-1 (4-1). Wisconsin travels to Northwestern next Saturday, while Nebraska has a very tough game at Ohio State.last_img read more

NYK Line Partners Launch New Brand for LNG Bunkering

NYK Line Partners Launch New Brand for LNG Bunkering

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) along with French multinational electric utility company ENGIE and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation have launched Gas4Sea, a new brand for their joint marketing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.The parties said that Gas4Sea aims to lead innovation through the ship-to-ship supply of LNG for the maritime sector.The announcement comes on the back of a framework agreement for a partnership to develop LNG bunkering services concluded between ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK in 2014.“By combining NYK’s shipping expertise with ENGIE and Mitsubishi Corporation’s LNG supply portfolio and terminal access under the brand Gas4Sea, the partners will offer a cleaner, reliable, safe, and cost-effective service to shipping customers worldwide,” NYK said.The companies will begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, using a purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel (LBV) with a 5,000 cm LNG capacity, which will be able to bunker vessels at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, as well as other nearby ports.The partners said that they plan to expand their LNG bunkering services under Gas4Sea into other regions, in collaboration with stakeholders including shipping companies, port authorities, terminal operators, regional suppliers, and local governments and regulators.“In the general framework of energy transition, we believe LNG has a key role to play in developing a more sustainable shipping activity. In the coming months, we will start supplying United European Car Carriers’ new dual fuel car carriers operating in the North Sea and Baltic Sea,” Philip Olivier, CEO of ENGIE Global LNG, said.last_img read more

Premier McNeil Welcomes New Executive Council

Premier McNeil Welcomes New Executive Council

first_imgAt a ceremony in Annapolis Royal today, Oct. 22, Stephen McNeil was sworn in as the 28th Premier of Nova Scotia. Premier McNeil also welcomed 15 colleagues to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia at the ceremony. “I am deeply humbled and honoured that the people of Nova Scotia have asked me to form a new government in our province,” said the premier. “The task before us will have its challenges, but I am eager to begin work — to build strong families and stronger businesses from one end of Nova Scotia to the other.” The premier and the new cabinet were sworn in by Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. Premier McNeil said the executive council will be focused on the top priorities and key challenges facing our province. “The executive council for our new provincial government represents a diverse mix of regions, cultures, experiences and educational backgrounds,” the premier said. “Each member is dedicated and committed to the job ahead. We will work tirelessly to address the needs of all citizens throughout Nova Scotia; citizens of all ages, in all regions, and of all cultural backgrounds.” Diana Whalen was sworn in as the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and the Treasury Board. The Treasury Board office and the Department of Finance will be merged. Ms. Whalen, a former Halifax councilor, was first elected 2003 and has a masters of business administration and is a certified management accountant. Lena Diab becomes Nova Scotia’s first woman Attorney General and Minister of Justice. She is also the Minister of Immigration. Ms. Diab has been practicing Law for over 20 years in Halifax. Former deputy speaker Leo Glavine is the Minister of Health and Wellness, and Seniors. Mr. Glavine, a former educator and high school administrator, was first elected in 2003 and has served as critic for a number of portfolios. Well-known educator Karen Casey is Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. Ms. Casey was first elected in 2006 and has served as minister of Health and Education. Kelly Regan is Minister of Labour and Advanced Education as well as the Minister responsible for Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Ms. Regan was first elected in June 2009 and has served as the Official Opposition critic for a number of portfolios. Joanne Bernard is the Minister of Community Services and the Minister responsible for the Disabled Persons Commission Act. The former executive director of Alice Housing has dedicated much of her life to work in the private sector and was awarded the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non Profit Management in Canada. Keith Colwell is the Minister of Fisheries/Aquaculture and Agriculture and the minister responsible for Part II of the Gaming Control Act. He was first elected in 1993 and was a former minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Consumer Services (now Service Nova Scotia) as well as holding many other cabinet responsibilities. Michel Samson is the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Minister of Acadian Affairs and the Minister responsible for Nova Scotia Business Inc., and the Innovation Corporation Act. He was first elected in 1998 at 25, becoming the second youngest member elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. In December 1998, he was named Environment Minister, and became the youngest cabinet minister in the history of the province. Andrew Younger is the Minister of Energy and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia. He will also be responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act. The former HRM councilor and business owner has served on a number of House committees as well as critic for a number of portfolios. Tony Ince is the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. He is involved in several volunteer organizations and has a strong commitment to issues affecting youth, seniors and others facing challenges. Zach Churchill is the Minister of Natural Resources. Mr. Churchill, who was Saint Mary’s student union president for two years also served as national director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, representing more than 300,000 students across Canada. Mark Furey is the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and the Minister responsible for the Residential Tenancies Act. The 32-year veteran of the RCMP served with detachments throughout Nova Scotia and was the district commander for Lunenburg County. Labi Kousoulis is the Minister of the Public Service Commission and Minister of the Voluntary Sector. Mr. Kousoulis has run a successful small business for 12 years. Randy Delorey, who was a professor in the faculty of business at St. FX University, is the Minister of Environment and Gaelic Affairs. Geoff MacLellan is the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. He is also the Minister responsible for the Sydney Steel Corporation Act and the Tar Ponds Agency. Premier McNeil will also serve as the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Policy and Priorities, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister responsible for Military Relations. For a list of responsibilities and cabinet members’ biographical information, visit nslegislature.ca/index.php/people/cabinet/ .last_img read more

Canadas Sydney Pickrem wins bronze in 200M breaststroke at worlds

Canadas Sydney Pickrem wins bronze in 200M breaststroke at worlds

first_imgGWANGJU, Korea, Republic Of — Canadian swimmer Sydney Pickrem captured her second bronze medal at the 2019 world aquatics championships, tying a record for the country.The Canadian/U.S. dual citizen came third in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke on Friday, finishing in 2 minutes 22.90 seconds.It was Canada’s sixth medal — two gold and four bronze — at the pool in the meet, equalling a record for the country set in 1978. Canada has two more days of competition to try to break the record.Pickrem was competing in the 200 breaststroke for the first time at worlds.“I wanted to try as much as I could to get on the podium,” said Pickrem, who also won bronze in the 200-metre individual medley this week. “It’s not the time that I wanted but it was better than semis so I’m just moving forward.“There’s a lot of fast swimming here and that motivates you whether it’s your (main) event or not.”Yuliya Efimova of Russia won gold in 2:20.17 for a record third title, while South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker was second in 2:22.52, becoming the first swimmer from her country to win a medal at the worlds. Winnipeg’s Kelsey Wog finished sixth.It was Efimova’s 14th individual world medal, tying her with Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Sjostrom for most among women.Pickrem, who also won 400-metre IM bronze in 2017, is the first Canadian female swimmer with three individual world medals in her career.Canada continues medal parade with Pickrem bronze https://t.co/pgbWvtjS4Y–Le Canada poursuit sa récolte avec une médaille de bronze pour Pickremhttps://t.co/FTKquHtf6s pic.twitter.com/T6g2Wd09Z4— Swimming Canada / Natation Canada (@SwimmingCanada) July 26, 2019Meanwhile, Simone Manuel wasn’t swimming up to her standards, and she felt her relay anchor leg that resulted in a silver medal for the U.S. proved it.Then she remembered it’s always about bouncing back.Manuel did just that in the 100 freestyle, winning her second straight title at the world championships.Relegated to Lane 1 with the slowest qualifying time, the American led all the way and touched first in 52.04 seconds, beating Cate Campbell of Australia by 0.39 seconds.Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C., was fifth.“Not everybody has a perfect swim every time so I just needed to regroup and put on a good face,” Manuel said. “I’m a veteran on the team, so I have to be able to show a little bit of poise in these hard moments.”Manuel was unable to hold off Campbell on the anchor leg of the 4×100 free relay earlier in the meet, with Australia claiming gold and the U.S. silver.“I did take that relay really hard because I didn’t feel like I did as best as I possibly could,” Manuel said.She made up for it in the 100 free.RELATED: Canada’s Kylie Masse defends 100-metre backstroke gold at worldsManuel became the second woman to win multiple titles in the 100 free, joining Kornelia Ender of the former East Germany, who won in 1973 and ’75.Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, the world-record holder, took bronze.In 2016, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming gold at the Olympics when she tied Toronto’s Penny Oleksiak for gold in Rio de Janeiro.In the men’s 200-metre backstroke, Markus Thormeyer of Tsawwassen, B.C., was eighth.“I’m happy with it, I wasn’t even seeded to make the final,” said Thormeyer, who set a Canadian record in the semis on Thursday. “It’s an experience in the bag and I’m happy with what I’ve learned.”Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., and Ruck both qualified for Saturday’s 200-metre women’s backstroke final by placing second and seventh in the semis, respectively.Oleksiak also qualified for a final in the women’s 50-metre butterfly after she tied for sixth in the semis.Two more world records fell in semifinals at the hands of Americans.Caeleb Dressel broke Michael Phelps’ record in the 100 butterfly and Regan Smith lowered the mark in the 200 backstroke.Dressel won his heat in 49.50 seconds — 0.32 seconds better than Phelps’ mark set at the 2009 world meet in Rome at the height of the high-tech suit era.Dressel was out in 22.83 seconds — 0.53 seconds under Phelps’ pace — and came home in 26.67 to lead eight men into Saturday’s final.He was a whopping 1.44 seconds ahead of Andrei Minakov of Russia, the second-quickest qualifier.Smith, who is 17, won her semifinal heat in 2:03.35. That erased the old mark of 2:04.06 set by Missy Franklin at the 2012 London Olympics.“I’m in shock,” Smith said. “I really don’t believe it.”She lowered her own junior world record in the morning preliminaries, finishing in 2:06.01.Smith goes into Saturday’s final 3.22 seconds ahead of Masse.last_img read more

Transparency in payments price

Transparency in payments price

first_imgThe importance of the flow of capital into the power and housing sectors in India cannot be overemphasised. Recent developments in both sectors once again bring to the fore the critical issues of effective payment mechanisms and price transparency as vital factors in boosting the economy. Let us examine the issue in the two sectors separately. The Supreme Court striking down the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular giving stressed power companies more time to find resolutions outside the bankruptcy court has started debates around paths that are ideal for resolving woes of the power sector. Amid the din and noise, it is essential to not lose sight of the core issues at hand, i.e., the late and, in many cases, non-payment of dues by state-run power distribution companies (discoms) in India. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhile not all the stressed assets of thermal power sector are attributable to non-payment issues from discoms, delayed payments are significant contributors to the mess. Late payments lead to debt servicing issues and major negative-working capital problems. The most critical aspect of the problem is that not just thermal power sector assets but energy sector assets in general, including the high-growth renewable energy sector, will face identical or similar issues in the foreseeable future unless the delayed payments issue is gradually sorted out. Also Read – Insider threat managementFor instance, in the solar energy sector, which is known for its high capital intensity with the majority of the capital expenditure required upfront, the entire business model is highly dependent on the power purchase agreement (PPA) being honoured. Given the fixed-income nature of payments, it is only natural that debt is utilised to fund a significant component of the business. Delays in payments from discoms will lead to solar energy developers facing debt-servicing issues and therefore, eventually adding to the non-performing assets (NPAs). The issues around debt-servicing and NPAs has serious ramifications from a cost of capital perspective. An improved payment mechanism, timely payment of interest coupons and lower-risk have the cascading positive effect of the lower cost of capital for any given sector. Hence, as the cost of capital in general declines, energy projects with a lower return on asset become viable. Therefore, a lowering of the cost of capital in the energy sector provides a significant boost to asset creation. The reverse holds true: when risk perceptions amongst investors for a sector rise, they reduce the flow of capital to the sector and thus render projects unviable. Resolving issues around discom payments is critical for India’s push towards renewable energy. While solutions will require some hard decisions to be made, the government must push in the right direction. Most importantly, the new sunrise sectors such as renewable energy must learn lessons from the thermal power sector of avoiding payment delays, excessive leverage and unsustainable tariffs. Issues in the thermal power sector provide a template of the pitfalls to avoid in energy sectors across the spectrum. The second sector of our concern here that has seen interesting developments of late is housing finance. Given the recent liquidity crunch faced by the Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), the news that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a panel to review the development of the housing finance securitisation market is a welcome step. The broader aim of the panel is to facilitate the flow of high-quality capital to the NBFC sector to boost credit creation in India. Of all the steps towards the standardisation of the housing finance securitisation market, one that deserves most attention is ensuring a mechanism that allows for mark-to-market valuation of the securitised loans. In the long-run for the housing finance securitisation market to indeed facilitate the flow of sizeable quantities of capital and yet avoid major mishaps during periods of credit busts, access to constant pricing information in the market is vital. Standardisation of the pricing of debt-securities can be more challenging than that for equity-based securities. The difficulty arises from the fact that debt-based instruments are issued for multiple tenures as opposed to equity that does not have a maturity date. Hence, standardisation is harder in the case of debt-instruments. Lessons from credit markets in the developed economies in creating credit-based indices that assist the market in pricing loans in the secondary market are crucial. Going forward we must not lose focus on the core issues of “ensuring payment mechanisms” and “price transparency” to boost investor sentiment regarding the crucial power and housing markets in India. (The author heads Development Tracks, an infrastructure advisory firm. The views are strictly personal)last_img read more

Importance of broad financing for sustainable forest management highlighted at UN forum

Importance of broad financing for sustainable forest management highlighted at UN forum

“By far the greatest source of forest financing has been – and will continue to be – from commercial private sector investments in sustainable forest management,” Manoel Sobral Filho, the Director of the UN Forum on Forests secretariat, said in a briefing on the importance of diversifying resources. In the UN Strategic Plan for Forests, agreed earlier this year, UN Member States stressed the importance of partnerships of philanthropic organizations, foundations, as well as public-private and other multi-stakeholder entities in scaling up resources for sustainable forest management and as well as the plan’s own implementation. The Strategic Plan also provides a framework for forest-related contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change and a number of other international instruments, commitments and goals. In addition to these direct links, importance of ensuring sustainable forest management was also recognized in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda – one of the key constituents of the 2030 Agenda – given the importance of forests for efforts to combat hunger and malnutrition as well as for its larger environmental benefits. In his briefing today, Mr. Filho further informed the meeting of funding received from resources allocated for sustainable forest management initiatives, as well as the activities of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network, one of the five main components of the post-2015 International Arrangement on Forests. Some key functions of the Network include mobilizing and supporting new and additional financial resources, and promoting effective use of existing financial resources for sustainable forest management. The briefing was followed by a panel discussion that was attended, among others, by officials from the Ford Foundation and the World Bank. Penny Davies, Programme Officer for Equitable Development, Ford Foundation, said the organization planned to disburse $1 billion over the next 10 years into private funds promoting “social and environmental justice” activities, she described two specific streams of forest-related investment financing: first, sustainable agriculture that did not clear natural forests and included some protection of forests; and second, sustainable forest management and community-based forest management.“However, we are finding it difficult to place [that financing],” she said, due to a number of constraints that made those investments too difficult to justify, including: “incoherent spatial mapping” and uncertain land tenure, where investments could be contested by several parties; conflict, which could cause delays in the Foundation’s projects or cause the withdrawal of its partners; and the fact that the Ford Foundation’s private finance is insufficient in the face of government subsidies to unsustainable forest and agricultural management, that incentivizes forest clearance.The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is a high-level intergovernmental policy forum that includes UN Member States, Permanent Observers as well as regional organizations and groups. Its current (twelfth) session concludes tomorrow, 5 May. read more

Energy Technologies Institute ETI

Energy Technologies Institute ETI

Presentation given by John Baterbee, Programme Manager – Transport, ETI“Plugging-in Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles: Accelerating market growth for plug-in vehicles by enabling effective collaboration”< BackClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Michigans Lineup Was Gutted How Much Will It Matter

Michigans Lineup Was Gutted How Much Will It Matter

Jim Harbaugh has restored Michigan’s place in the upper ranks of the college-football hierarchy with two straight 10-win seasons. As the team kicks off its 2017 campaign on Saturday against the 17th-ranked Florida Gators in Arlington, Texas, the Wolverines will bring a new sense of optimism and Harbaugh-infused intensity. There’s one thing they won’t bring, though: Many of last year’s players.Michigan, which is ranked 11th to start the season, is perhaps the hardest team in college football to get a read on — and not just because Harbaugh refused to release his team’s official roster until Wednesday. The team was one of the best in the nation last season but sustained heavy personnel losses in the offseason, saying goodbye to seven starters on offense and a staggering 10 on defense. According to college football information guru Phil Steele’s team experience rankings, Michigan ranks 127th out of 130 teams this year. As you might expect, teams who lose numerous starters tend to take a step back the following season — no matter how good the incoming recruits are.With only five starters coming back, Michigan is returning less of its lineup than any other team in the country. And indeed, among Power Five schools since 2001, only Arkansas in 20041Which returned only four starters. brought back a less experienced lineup than the Wolverines, according to data we obtained from Steele. It’s no coincidence that those Razorbacks finished with a losing record after winning nine games the year before, because there’s a pretty clear relationship between how much talent returns to a team and how well it does that season. Using Steele’s data,2Including seasons going back to 2008, when information on returning quarterbacks is complete. I ran a regression and found that every additional starter lost on offense shaves about one-fifth of a win off of a team’s record3Per 12 games, against a neutral schedule. — and that’s if none of those starters played quarterback. Losing a starting QB costs a team about three-fifths of a win per season.Here’s how the number of starters lost would be expected to affect an average FBS team (according to ESPN’s team efficiency ratings, which grade a team on each side of the ball on a 0 to 100 scale, with 50 as average): Michigan’s defense carried an 87.4 rating last season, third-best in the FBS, but my model predicts that they’ll drop to 62.8 — basically the same as last year’s Texas A&M and Penn State outfits — after turning over nearly the entire starting corps. (Only linebacker Mike McCray is back from last year’s starting lineup on D.) Even accounting for the fact that the typical defense loses about 4.5 starters per season, the Wolverines figure to be down 0.9 more wins than average because of their many defensive departures.Add it up, and Michigan’s inexperience has unquestionably caused it to lose ground relative to the rest of the country.But fear not, Ann Arbor. This doesn’t mean that Michigan will immediately plummet back to the depths it reached under Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke after briefly coming up for air with Harbaugh. The Wolverines have some important factors working in their favor, according to the model.Although losing a bunch of players hurts, the single most damaging starter a team can wave goodbye to is its starting quarterback — and Michigan’s incumbent QB, Wilton Speight, is still around this season. (He may not start, but even that might be a positive sign if Harbaugh has another QB on hand that he believes is as good as a returning starter.) Returning a QB can boost a team’s offensive efficiency rating by about 8 points, which is enough to offset the loss of about 3.5 non-QB starters by itself.Another important factor is playing in a Power Five conference. Because a top conference such as the Big Ten perennially dominates the recruiting rolls, its schools always have a deep talent base, which in turn makes them much better equipped than smaller programs to weather a mass exodus of players. When I combined efficiency ratings on both sides of the ball, I found that a Power Five team can expect to win about one more game (against a neutral schedule) than a school not in a Power Five conference, even after controlling for starters lost. Considering how good Michigan’s recruiting has been under Harbaugh, the Wolverines’ next crop of starters should help them survive the loss of the previous one.And, finally, there’s Harbaugh himself. According to my model, teams that bring back a head coach tend to gain nearly a half-win on teams that break in a new one, after controlling for all of the other factors mentioned. Continuity is huge in a sport like college football, in which the status quo reigns supreme — as long as nothing upsets the apple cart too much. Having a consistent system can help player development, for instance, as recruits have the benefit of learning the playbook over the course of multiple seasons. And Harbaugh has to rank among the better coaches in the sport today, having turned around Stanford and Michigan from a combined 6-18 record in the seasons before he arrived to a combined 22-4 in his most recent campaigns with each school. (Not to mention bringing the San Francisco 49ers one first-and-goal touchdown away from a Vince Lombardi trophy.)Harbaugh is a bit of an, um, eccentric coach, and — including his stint in the NFL — he has a tendency to burn his teams out after several seasons of rapid improvement. But for now, he still has Michigan in the ascending phase. In other words, the odds are still high that the Wolverines take a step backward this season, but the drop might not be as steep as it could have been. For a team like Michigan, which notched a (well-above-average) offensive rating of 73.7 last season, the loss of seven offensive starters projects to drop their offensive rating to 63.0 — only about as good as Mississippi State or Colorado State was last season and 7.2 points lower than it would have been if Michigan had the FBS’s average number of non-quarterback starters coming back.4In 2017, that average number is 6.1.That alone would figure to cost the Wolverines a half-win this season relative to average, but the losses on defense could be even more damaging. In Steele’s data set, only one other Power Five team — the 2010 Minnesota Gophers — lost 10 of 11 defensive starters between seasons, and that team’s defensive rating dropped from 58.9 to 22.2. Not every team with defensive losses sees quite so steep a drop-off, but here’s how the number of departing starters tends to affect a defense: read more

Fishing may be cruel even if you throw your catch back in

Fishing may be cruel even if you throw your catch back in

Fishing may be cruel even if the fish are thrown back in the water, because they subsequently struggle to feed, according to a new study.“Catch-and-release” policies have become the norm on many British rivers and lakes in recent years, considered a more human method and vital for conserving stocks.But scientists now believe that hooking fish such as salmon and trout injures their mouths so that they become less able to suck in prey.In the first study of its kind, researchers monitored 20 shiner perch caught from the wild in Canada.Half had been hooked and half caught in a net.When they were observed using high-speed cameras in a controlled environment, those that had been hooked fed significantly less well.The scientists at University of California Riverside believe this is because the hole caused by the hook disrupts the suction system, which works similar to how humans suck fluids through as straw.”As we predicted, the fish with the mouth injuries exhibited a reduction in the speed at which they were able to draw prey into their mouths,” said Professor Tim Higham, who led the research.”This was the case even though we used barbless hooks, which are less damaging than barbed hooks. “Although we don’t yet know how or if this reduction in feeding performance would affect fitness and survivability in nature, we can say that fishing-induced injuries impact the fish’s ability to feed while the mouth is healing.”This study emphasises that catch-and-release is not as simple as removing the hook and all being well, but rather is a complex process that should be studied in more detail.”However, a spokesman for the Angling Trust said: “The report clearly states that further research is required to assess whether or not there is any impact on fish populations as a result of catch and release angling, and studies would also be required on other species.”Anglers takes great care of the fish they catch and have the biggest stake in thriving populations.”The new research is published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Govt pawning our futures with its failed approach to economics Opposition

Govt pawning our futures with its failed approach to economics Opposition

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt’s intent to borrow $220B to manage economy “shocking”- JagdeoApril 7, 2018In “Business”The debt ceiling was surreptitiously altered- JagdeoMay 16, 2018In “Business”Low already, Guyana’s foreign currency reserves will deplete further with $30B bond- JagdeoJuly 26, 2018In “Business” With Government having moved towards obtaining a $30B loan from several commercial banks, and hinting about a US$900M loan from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) being up for grabs, Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is of the opinion that not only are they [Government] “pawning our futures” but they’re leaving Guyanese with a massive debt.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo said during a press conference at his Office on Thursday that the issue is if the incumbent Administration borrows the US$900M on top of the $30B already being sought then “they’re leaving us, whoever gets into office and we hope it’s us in the near future… and future generations of Guyanese with a burden that will be heavy to carry… This is pawning our future. They are destroying the current opportunities of our people and livelihood.”It was disclosed that the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL) Special Purpose Unit (SPU) obtained $30 billion, via a syndicated bond to support the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as its remaining estates.The funding is expected to cover a four-year period and will provide capital, support infrastructure maintenance and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. The funds are also expected to go towards developing new co-generation capacity for the estate operations and the national electric grid.Additionally, last week, Finance Minister, Winston Jordan clarified that “Guyana has not received any loans from the Islamic Development Bank,” however “the IsDB has a resource envelope of US$900M that is potentially available from which the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana can borrow.”To this, Jagdeo posited that this Coalition Administration must come clean “Are they going to borrow the money or no? Clearly there is an intention to borrow,” he said.He asserted that if the US$900M loan is pursued, the APNU-AFC Government would have accumulated a significant debt, which he said is equivalent to the amount of debt GuySuCo was in from to the start to end of the 23 years of PPP’s reign.Jagdeo, an economist by profession, also expressed grave concern on behalf of his party, with regards to the $30B loan which has already been obtained.“… the $30B that the SPU wants to raise on a bond now [they will be] pledging or pawning all the assets of NICIL…[The] interest rate is above the Grant element above which we use to borrow.The grant element that you calculate for Government loans and the grant element takes into consideration the moratorium on interest payments, the length of the loan and the nominal interest rate and I’m sure if you calculate the grant element, it falls outside of the traditional borrowing policy of the Government, but this is backed up by a set of assets that if they fail to pay the loans, we lose the entire GuySuCo, all the factories and everything else and all other holdings of NICIL will go to Republic Bank and the consortium.”Moreover, Jagdeo asserted that at the rate the country is going, Government’s “failed approach to economics” is going have adverse impacts on the International Monetary Fund’s predictions on Guyana’s GDP.“The IMF ratio [had said] that the GDP will go up slightly until we find oil and then it’ll come down and it will go to 59% of GDP…If the economy remains stagnant, we’re going to be defying the IMF predictions by a huge margin because the stock of debt to GDP will go up to 100% again…Even the IMF forecast didn’t expect this massive set of borrowing,” he said. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Making the case for improved fatigue management

Making the case for improved fatigue management

first_imgKate du Preez, Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health in Queensland, Australia, notes that fatigue has long been recognised as a hazard in the mining industry. Long shifts and extended working periods in remote locations can be exhausting and with a general trend towards longer on-shift rotations, fatigue management remains a prominent issue in mine safety and health discussions.She said that despite this wide recognition of the dangers of fatigue, incidents are still occurring. “In the past 12 months, there have been at least two tragic road accidents involving mine workers who have been killed while driving home from a rotation,” she said.“In fact, driving home from work is potentially the most dangerous part of the job for mine workers. So, with that in mind, I was quite alarmed by an article in the Mackay Daily Mercury recently which reported that almost half of the 200 attendees at the 2018 Resource Industry Network Safety Conference admitted to experiencing ‘microsleeps’ while driving.“Think about that for a moment. Almost half of the attendees at a conference primarily attended by leaders in the mining industry had experienced a potentially deadly microsleep while driving.“That number is particularly concerning because there are specific measures in place to mitigate the risks posed by worker fatigue.”The Guidance Note for Fatigue Risk Management (issued in 2013 and revised in 2015) was developed as a result of a number of recommendations from the Coroners Court of Queensland, and considered by both mining safety and health advisory committees, related to the deaths of mine workers from fatigue-related car accidents.The guidance note outlines the various considerations for mines to effectively manage fatigue and provides mine operators and mine workers with a comprehensive overview of the factors that contribute to workplace fatigue and how they can be controlled.“Our duty of care to workers does not stop when people clock off at the end of a shift,” du Preez said.“One of my priorities for 2018–19 is to hold a series of workshops with the coal mining and the mining and quarrying safety and health advisory committees to examine current practices in the industry and to share information and data available in relation to fatigue, and to find possible solutions to enhance fatigue management.“These workshops will provide an opportunity to examine the causes of these incidents and further explore strategies that we can implement to minimise the risk to workers.”The first workshop is scheduled to be held in July 2018.last_img read more

Bus Éireann warns bring in pay cuts or we could end up

Bus Éireann warns bring in pay cuts or we could end up

first_imgBUS ÉIREANN HAS warned that a controversial cost-cutting plan at the company need to be implemented as soon as possible or the company is ‘highly likely’ to end up breaking the law.Unions at the company have rejected the proposed changes to pay and conditions, but Bus Éireann said tonight if it does not implement the new plan, it is ‘highly likely’ to breach company law within one month because of its ‘precariously low level of net assets’.The new financial proposals were set out in a recent Labour Court recommendation aimed at resolving the ongoing dispute at the company as management battle to cut costs but workers fight against cuts to their pay.The company said it may be required to call an Extraordinary General Meeting to deal with the situation if it isn’t allowed to cut pay.“The likely need to call an EGM is a further demonstration that the future of Bus Éireann is clearly at risk,” said a spokesperson.The company has said it. The Labour Court has said it. The trade unions’ own independent financial assessors have said it. The payroll savings from the Labour Court recommendation are vital to Bus Éireann’s survival.The Labour Court recommended a range of measures to save around €5 million from the payroll . The company says it plans to implement the changes from this Sunday. If it doesn’t bring in the changes, Bus Éireann says it faces annual losses of more than €11 million, which it says are not sustainable.Unions have said they will take industrial action from this Sunday if the changes to pay and conditions go ahead. When strikes were threatened in January, Bus Éireann warned employees that their jobs could be at risk if they took industrial action.Among the changes recommended by the Labour Court are:An increase in the working week for clerical and executive staff from 36 hours to 39 hoursReduction in premium payments (such as Sunday payments) to be x1.5 payments rather than double paymentsReduction in annual leave entitlement by 3 days for the next three yearsReduction in allowances and expense payments by 20 per centBus Éireann said its low level of assets means any more losses from not bringing in the payroll savings set out in the Labour Court recommendation means it could breach Section 40 of the Companies (Amendment) Act 1983.This means that shareholder funds no longer exceed 50 per cent of the called-up share capital, requiring the company to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to deal with the situation.Read: Bus Éireann, unions to appear before Labour Relations Commission >last_img read more

TDK puts an SSD on a 17mm chip

TDK puts an SSD on a 17mm chip

first_imgSSDs typically consist of a number of NAND flash chips on a board along with a controller chip and SATA connector for use in a 2.5-inch bay. That may be sufficient for consumers and most business sectors, but there’s still a need for fast and reliable storage in embedded devices and where physical space is at a premium.TDK has developed a new SSD to fill that need called the eSSD. It manages to fit the NAND flash, controller chip, and 3Gbps SATA interface on to a single piece of silicon that measures just 17 x 17mm.By managing to combine the different components on to a single chip, TDK not only saves on space, but also cuts manufacturing costs considerably. The eSSD is limited to just 4GB of storage, but that should be ample for the types of devices it will be used with. Read and write speeds are also quite limited at 55MBps and 30MBps respectively, and rewrites are limited to 50,000.TDK see the eSSD being used in industrial equipment and commercial devices such as printers, projectors, karaoke machines, and arcade games. In all cases, the low storage and read/write performance won’t be an issue due to the tasks being carried out by the chip.TDK is set to start shipping the eSSD in April, but I can’t help feel the product has already been outdone by Foremay’s SSD on a chip. It launched late last year and offers up to 64GB of storage on a 22 x 22 x 1.8mm chip. Its read and write speeds are 70MBps and 40MBps respectively.The one advantage TDK has over Foremay faster, higher storage chip  is cost. Foremay’s SSD only ships in 32GB and 64GB versions. Shipping a 1-4GB eSSD is going to be much cheaper, and if your customers are purchasing for a system that fits within that storage limit the choice of which to pick should be an easy one.More at TDK, via Tech-On!last_img read more

Poll Would you welcome the Popes visit to Ireland

Poll Would you welcome the Popes visit to Ireland

first_img Nov 24th 2016, 8:39 AM POPE FRANCIS IS considering a visit to Ireland, after an invitation from Irish Catholic bishops.Taoiseach Enda Kenny is set to meet the Pope at the Vatican next week and he said he will pledge “government support” for such a visit. Pope John Paul II’s 1979 trip to Ireland was the first ever papal visit to the country and over 2.5 million people attended events while he was here.So, we want to know: Would you welcome the Pope’s visit to Ireland? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Images I’m not sure (1455) 199 Comments Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 8:39 AM No (5596) YesNoI’m not sureVotecenter_img Poll: Would you welcome the Pope’s visit to Ireland? The Taoiseach will meet the Pope at the Vatican next week and said he will express government support for a visit. Share35 Tweet Email Poll Results: http://jrnl.ie/3099038 By Michelle Hennessy Short URL 27,247 Views Yes (10369)last_img read more